Mercy Corps has been working in Niger since 2005. Niger is one of the world's poorest countries, with an annual per person income of less than $200. Over the past ten years, the country has experienced significant social and political instability that has left millions unable to adequately respond to chronic drought and malnutrition.
Additionally, climate change has led to increasingly erratic rain patterns, which severely affect farmers’ ability to grow enough food. A failed harvest at the end of 2011 left the entire Sahel region of West Africa in the grip of a dire, ongoing food crisis that continues today. Get the quick facts about the crisis in the Lake Chad region ▸
According to the UN, 340,000 people living in Niger are severely food insecure. Get the quick facts about hunger ▸
- Agriculture & Food: Providing emergency food vouchers and commodities to those who need it most, while simultaneously building long-term food resilience by providing improved seeds, goats, farming tools, technical trainings, and teaching pregnant and nursing mothers about nutrition
- Conflict & governance: Working with local governments to prevent and mitigate disputes and ensure proper management of natural resources, developing a new system for tracking the factors that influence vulnerability to violent extremism
- Disaster preparedness: Training communities to assess and identify natural disaster risks and encouraging land rehabilitation to minimize erosion and prevent flooding
- Economic opportunity: Strengthening farmers’ economic opportunities by linking them with better opportunities to sell their products, connecting pastoralists to veterinary services to keep livestock healthy and fostering employment for young people
- Women & gender: Involving women in community decision-making, educating community leaders about the importance of gender equality and creating safe spaces and schools for young girls to express themselves and continue their education
Niger: Niger's Faces of Need
Niger in a time of crisis is not a place for the faint of heart.
Niger: Help Nigerien Mothers Like Fatima
Fatima lives with her husband and their six children in Sanam, a remote village in Niger that's accessed only by a barely passable dirt road.
Niger: Malnutrition Still Shadows Niger's Children
In the aftermath of devastating drought and a crop-killing locust infestation, Mercy Corps field workers are working to stabilize the fragile health of thousands of Nigerien children.
Niger: Responding to Health Needs in Niger
Mercy Corps has an emergency team on the ground in one of Niger’s most famine-stricken areas, helping serve malnourished children and families by improving the quality and reach of critical health care.
Niger: Team Deploys to Aid Niger’s Food Crisis
Mercy Corps is sending two veteran aid workers to respond to the current food crisis in Niger. Team leader Christy Collins, a Seattle resident, departed from Portland today.
Niger: Famine in Niger: Millions at Risk
More than 3.5 million people — including nearly one million children — in the West African nation of Niger are suffering from severe hunger and could die of starvation soon. You can act immediately to ensure lives are saved.